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16 of the world's top companies are hiring for these remote jobs

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16 of the world's top companies are hiring for these remote jobs

Originally posted on FlexJobs.

Many job seekers begin their search by evaluating companies first. Being a trustworthy company can bring top-tier talent knocking at the door of businesses, and working for such a company can make employees feel connected and enthused about the company's mission.

Forbes recently surveyed people about the companies on the 2018 Global 2000 list, which is a yearly ranking of 2,000 companies based on sales, profit, assets, and market value, to determine which are the best regarded. Companies were evaluated on topics such as trustworthiness, social conduct, performance of the company's product or service and the company as an employer."

We took Forbes' list to find the companies hiring for the most remote jobs.

1. Amazon

Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. The company sells tablets, furniture, household items, apparel, electronics, music, movies and a vast selection of other products. Amazon maintains a work-from-home program designed to cater to international candidates eager and qualified to work remotely.

2. Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive provides a range of oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition products. It is one of the world's most recognized brands, with Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Murphy, Hills and Ajax among some of its brands.

3. Dell

Dell is a privately owned global computer technology company established in 1984. It is most known for its software, personal computers, printers, cameras, MP3 players, and HDTVs. The company has long supported flexible work and has even come together with FlexJobs to promote remote work opportunities.

4. Hilton

Founded in 1919, Hilton is a global hotel management company. It has a portfolio of 14 of the best-performing brands in its industry. Of its flexible work offerings, Hilton said: "The more flexible we make the work environment, the more we can provide our team members with what they need to manage their lives while feeling trusted and valued."

5. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is a well-known household brand that provides health and wellness products. It operates 250 companies in more than 60 countries around the world. The company employs more than 120,000 employees and hires for a variety of remote jobs.

6. Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz is a food producer, with several different food brands, including Maxwell House, Oscar Mayer, Cadbury, OREO, Trident, Philadelphia, and Nabisco. The company has partnerships with Feeding America and Stop Hunger Now, having provided billions of servings of food to people in need.

7. LG Electronics

LG Electronics is a consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances brand with global sales of more than $55 billion. It employs more than 80,000 people and fosters a workplace environment that encourages creativity, performance and career growth.

8. Marriott

Marriott is a hotel and lodging company with roots that can be traced back to 1927. Its revenues exceed $14 billion and a few of the brands that fall under the Marriott name include Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

9. Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is an international healthcare company and a preeminent leader in diabetes care. It seeks to be an impetus for comprehensive change in diabetes care, education and public policy.

10. Pfizer

As a leading biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer develops and manufactures high-quality therapies for people and animals following strict safety standards. Its products include a broad range of medicines, vaccines, nutritional supplements and consumer healthcare products.

11. Philips

Founded in 1891, Philips is one of the world's largest electronics companies and a leading provider of acute care, home healthcare, oral healthcare, lighting applications, contemporary art, watches and jewelry, photographs and energy-efficient lighting solutions for global markets.

12. Samsung Electronic

Samsung is an electronic company that's been in business for more than 70 years. It is comprised of numerous affiliate businesses, including Samsung Electronics, Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung C&T and Samsung Engineering.

13. Siemens

Siemens is an industrial electrical engineering and electronics corporation. Products developed and manufactured by Siemens include industrial controls, energy efficient building solutions, wind turbines, medical imagining technology, train and subway solutions, equity investments and home appliances.

14. Sony

Sony is an entertainment and technology product company with more than 1,000 consolidated subsidiaries. Business units managed by Sony include video games, network services, electronics, music services, motion pictures, medical business and financial services.

15. Walt Disney Company

Founded in 1923, the Walt Disney Company focuses on four business sectors: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. The company employs a staff of 175,000 people worldwide and is the world's largest media and entertainment corporation.

16. Zurich Financial Services Group

Zurich provides multi-line insurance products for customers around the world. The company serves clients in more than 170 countries, and employs 60,000 associates.

Originally posted on FlexJobs.

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Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

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14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

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Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

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Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

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Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

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Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

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Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

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Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

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Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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Every parent can relate to these funny tweets about the presidential debate

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The first presidential debate was painful to watch for many reasons. The sitting president of the United States failed to condemn white supremacy when asked, and while both President Trump and Joe Biden spoke nearly constantly, they didn't say much of value.

It was disappointing for stressed parents who would have rather heard more about policy and the future of America instead of watching two men interrupt and insult each other.

The candidates spent a significant amount of time talking over each other, asking the other to shut up and deflecting questions from moderator Chris Wallace, whose position was instantly relatable to any parent who has had to ask their children to stop squabbling at the dinner table.

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